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We teach children to read through the Read, Write Inc (RWI) phonics programme. Children begin the programme as they enter Nursery and we aim for children finish the programme in Year 2. Those that need additional support will continue to participate in daily phonics lessons. One to one tutoring and ‘catch up’ sessions support children in keeping up with the progression of the programme.

What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a systematic programme that teaches children the 44 sounds in English, the letters that represent them, and how to form the letters when writing.

We have put together a guide to how the RWInc programme works together with some useful links.            

(please click on the pictures below for the videos)

Beginning the programme

Children begin the RWI programme in Nursery. The Nursery programme sets the foundations for learning letter sounds.

Children learn to:

  • Orally say ‘pure sounds’.
  • Blend sounds in words (Fred talk)
  • Name objects.

Pure Sounds

We use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily. Please watch the video showing how to make sounds pure.

Fred talk




Fred Frog is a fun character who can say and read words only in pure sounds. He segments sounds in words for children to blend. Fred has a range of fun interactive games that children can participate in at home; these are sent home weekly.

Naming objects

These are the objects that they will need when learning individual sounds. They are used throughout the RWI programme to support the teaching of phonics and letter sounds.

In the term before starting Reception, Children will learn a new sound every day.

The sounds the children learn are introduced in three sets. Set 1 sounds are called ‘special friends.’  ‘Special friends’ are two letters that make one sound.

Set 1

Set 2

ay: may I play
ee: what can you see
igh: fly high
ow: blow the snow
oo: poo at the zoo
oo: look at the book 
ar: start the car 
or: shut the door
air: that’s not fair 
ir: whirl and twirl 
ou: shout it out  
oy: toy for a boy 

Set 3

ea: cup of tea
oi: spoil the boy
a-e: make a cake
i-e: nice smile
o-e: phone home
u-e: huge brute
aw: yawn at dawn
are: share and care
ur: purse for a nurse
er: a better letter
ow: brown cow
ai: snail in the rain
oa: goat in a boa
ew: chew the stew
ire: fire fire!
ear: hear with your ear
ure: sure it’s pure?
tion: (celebration)
tious / cious: (scrumptious / delicious)
e: he me we she be